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Preparations begin on first Caerphilly Council housing sites

Mark Noakes (CCBC), Cllr Philippa Marsden, Cllr Lisa Phipps & Ian Jones (Willmott Dixon) see preparations get underway at the new Caerphilly Council housing sites

Caerphilly County Borough Council has begun progressing its plans to develop two exciting affordable housing developments.

Llanfabon Drive, South Lane in Trethomas will see a new 12 1-bedroom apartment development constructed, along with outdoor landscaped areas and car parking.

Trecenydd’s former 49 Club site will be developed into 6 new 1-bedroom apartments, along with relevant external amenity area and parking.

Welsh Government have awarded £3.1m to fund the cost of development and innovation through the Innovative Housing Programme.

The Council is working in partnership with experienced construction company Willmott Dixon and local Ystrad Mynach based company Caledan Ltd, will be manufacturing the steel frames used in construction.

Hoarding and site security is currently being installed at both sites while preparations begin for the supply and manufacturing of the innovative modern construction methods that will be used for these new Council owned and managed homes.

New homes on both sites will be constructed to Passivhaus standard; consisting of very high levels of insulation, extremely high performance windows with insulated frames, airtight building fabric and a mechanical heat ventilation system.  As well as helping to lower carbon emissions, these buildings will result in low energy costs for tenants and contribute towards housing need in the borough.

Cllr Philippa Marsden, the Council’s Leader, said “These pilot sites are the first of what will be a large scale programme of new Council home development throughout the county borough.  As well as helping to meet the high demand for social housing, with over 4,500 people currently registered for housing in the county borough; we are also using innovative ways to help tenants sustain their tenancies, lower their energy bills and reduce carbon emissions.

The Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Property, Cllr Lisa Phipps, added “We’re also incredibly proud to use local supply chains, which will bring even wider benefits for our local communities through jobs and training opportunities.  We advise local residents that there may be a little while until activity is seen on site; but assure them that work is being undertaken to get these developments underway.”

Ian Jones, Willmott Dixon Director said: ‘This is a great step forward in delivering homes for the local community. It is fantastic to see Caerphilly County Borough Council leading the way in low carbon homes; and working with our local supply chain, we will ensure that the projects have the greatest impact on the local and regional economy.”